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Need some help with making Rowlf-type eyes

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Writersright, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Writersright

    Writersright Member

    I'm planning on building my very own Muppet and while I have a pretty good idea about how to build it, the eyes are a bit of a problem. I want my Muppet to have Rowlf/Ernie -type eyes.
    I recently visited the Museum of the Moving Images in New York where I got to see Real Rowlf/Ernie Muppets used and looking at the eyes they seemed like they were made out of wood or something, nor out of fabric as I originally thought.

    Does anyone know what the eyes of those Muppets are made out of and how I can make similair eyes?
  2. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    Plastic spoons?
  3. Writersright

    Writersright Member

    That is a nice idea yeah. Have you had any experience with puppet building using table spoons?
  4. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    I have made a few in the past, another option is from a place called Out of the Box, they sell "Comical Eyes" which are about the same shape...
  5. ToodlesTeam

    ToodlesTeam Active Member

    I've used spoons for the eyes on my replicas of Rowlf and Ernie over the years. They work pretty well, but they are more overtly egg-shaped than the more oval shape of Rowlf's eyes. If you don't mind that though, they work quite well as nice looking puppet eyes!
  6. Writersright

    Writersright Member

    But does anyone know what the actual eyes are made out of? Also, do you have any pictures of your replicas ToodlesTeam? I'd love to see them.
  7. ToodlesTeam

    ToodlesTeam Active Member

  8. Writersright

    Writersright Member

    wow, that is amazing. I'm very impressed. Too bad about the slant though but man, that is some great work.
  9. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    I believe the actual eyes were made from a toy called "Wacky Stacks." The company went out of business in the 60s or 70s and all their stock was purchased by.... the Jim Henson company.
  10. Poptarts

    Poptarts New Member

    Here is a way to make eyes similar to wacky stax (click here)
    KermieBaby47 likes this.
  11. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    Vacuum Forming- do a search on here we talked about it in great length.
  12. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Wow, great find! ;) If anyone wants to sell me three pairs of both the Rowlf and Kermit style eyes, I'll be waiting at the other end of a PM! :)

    Cheers!
  13. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    Kermits eyes are half domes- the ones I used for my Kermit.
    http://puppeteersunite.com/?p=1727

    I purchased them at Puppet Planet. Not certain if they still sell them though.
  14. Writersright

    Writersright Member

    Wow nice work, especially with the almost invisible seams. They eyes do need some adjustig but other than that it's almost perfect.
  15. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    His pupils weren't glued down at that point....LOL actually they still aren't...all aboard the procrastination station! LOL Thanks for the feedback LOL


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